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Reform Jewish Leader Disappointed by Passage of Bill Sanctioning Federally-Funded Religious Discrimination
In response to the House passage of the Job
Training and Improvement Act (H.R. 27) which would allow federally-funded
religious discrimination in government job training programs Rabbi David
Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued
the following statement noting, "That a majority of
House members voted in support of a bill under which a job notice could be
placed in the newspaper seeking employees for a government-funded job training
program run by a Protestant church that reads “Jews, Catholics, Muslims need not
apply” or “No unmarried mothers will be hired” is profoundly
troubling."

Saperstein:  That a majority of House members voted in support of a bill under which a job notice could be placed in the newspaper seeking employees for a government-funded job training program run by a Protestant church that reads “Jews, Catholics, Muslims need not apply” or “No unmarried mothers will be hired” is profoundly troubling.

 Contact: Alexis Rice or Eric Gold 202.387.2800


Washington, March 4, 2005 – In response to the House passage of the Job Training and Improvement Act (H.R. 27) which would allow federally-funded religious discrimination in government job training programs Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

    As members of a religious minority, we are deeply disappointed by this week’s House passage of the Job Training and Improvement Act (H.R. 27), which would allow federally-funded religious discrimination with taxpayer money.  Religious institutions can, and do, play a vital role in helping provide employment services.  However, the government must ensure that religious organizations that accept government funding are prohibited from practicing religious discrimination.  That a majority of House members voted in support of a bill under which a job notice could be placed in the newspaper seeking employees for a government-funded job training program run by a Protestant church that reads “Jews, Catholics, Muslims need not apply” or “No unmarried mothers will be hired” is profoundly troubling. 

    We applaud those Representatives who spoke out against the discriminatory provisions of the Job Training and Improvement Act and voted in support of Representative Robert Scott’s (D-VA) amendment which would have restored long-standing civil rights protections to the law.  We call on the Senate to support job training programs that focus on recipients’ needs, and that reject this discriminatory approach to federal social service provision.

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1800 Reform rabbis.



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